Leadership Blog

Monday
Oct152012

ACDA Dallas - March 13-16 - Take a Tour With Tim

Brian Reeves - President

Tuesday
Oct092012

A thought about $$$$

Brian Reeves - President

We know what it takes to become an accomplished musician.

We know that talent will only get you so far in music, that there is no substitute for years and years of dedicated practice.

We know that a sensitive accompanist is worth their weight in gold.

We know that bringing in an outstanding soloist can inspire our singers to raise their game.

So why do we as musicians continually ask other musicians to work for little or no pay? Of course, our musician friends will help out because they are our musician friends, but this does not make it right. A musician's time, experience, and craft should be worth more than what we often give them. How many of us ask our physician friends for a free check-up? Do we ask attorney friends for free counsel? Architects for free designs?

As we expect to be treated like a professional we should offer the same respect to our fellow musicians.

A lack of funds is often the culprit. It is true that woefully small music budgets leave little room to amply reward an excellent flutist. Might I suggest, though, that money can often be found to do the things we really want to do. If it is something we believe in we tend to find the money.

Some programs charge audience members to attend performances or they take up a collection. This is perfect in that it does not deplete your existing budget and the funds collected at the performance are used for expenses related to that performance.

Programs that fundraise can set aside funds specifically for this purpose.

Yes, there are times when we just don't have the funds. But I dare say most of the time we can make it happen. As Mark Lawley would say, "We can do better."

 

 

Tuesday
Sep112012

9/11

Brian Reeves - President

As we remember 9/11 let us not forget the role we play in the lives of our singers.

A friend sent me this recollection by a former student.

"I was cleaning out some files at my parents' house over the summer, and I found a notebook from my junior year English class (2001). It included a writing prompt about an experience from 9/11. Mine was a scene from your class. I thought, for this anniversary, I should share that memory with you.

I remember hearing the news and watching the coverage during ac lab. I remember your determination that we go on and that I agreed with your choice. I hadn't remembered the scene I'd written down, but I was moved when I read it. You took us to the commons and had us sing the national anthem for the administrators who were tensely meeting in the halls outside their offices. I described the feeling of unity that came from singing that song with that group in that moment. I also wrote that when we finished [the principal] came over to us, close to tears, and thanked us.
 
It was an incredibly hard day, and you made it a little easier for a few people. I thought you should know."
 
Thursday
Jul052012

Anticipation

Brian Reeves - President

In a matter of days nearly one thousand singers and teachers will descend on the Capitol Plaza Hotel for our summer conference, "Tune In. Warm Up. Sing Out." The unique privilege for me to observe the immense amount of planning involved has been priceless. This conference team has put on a show you will not forget. I cannot wait!

One notable addition to the schedule is the performance by Voices of Prometheus, a professional choir directed by our very own, Dr. R. Paul Crabb. As a "Warm Up" enjoy this performance of the Kyrie and Gloria from the Papae Marcelli of Palestrina.

See you soon!

Sunday
Jun102012

ACDA Dallas

Brian Reeves - President

I've just returned from an exhilarating few days at the ACDA Leadership Conference in Dallas, site of the 2013 National Conference. A group of 100 or so state, division, and national leaders gathered to plan for the future of ACDA, learn about current projects and goals, and to share with each other. 

 

Executive Director, Tim Sharp (and our Missouri All-State Choir Conductor this past year), took us on a walking tour of the conference area. The Dallas Arts District is the largest in the nation, spanning 68 acres. The Meyerson Symphony Center, Winspear Opera House, and Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe are among the various venues located there and are ones which will be used for the ACDA National Conference. Although much of the planning is still underway, one distinct feature of the conference will be two remembrances. To honor the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, John Rutter will lead the four armed forces choirs in an outdoor concert at the John F. Kennedy Memorial, less than a block away from the former Texas School Book Depository and Dealey Plaza, site of the assassination. The armed forces choirs will also join the Dallas Symphony and Dallas Symphony Chorus in a performance of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem." By the way, the Dallas Symphony Chorus will be led by our 2013 All-State Choir Conductor, Joshua Habermann.

It looks to be an incredible conference.

One tip - From the walking tour it appears that the Sheraton, Marriott, and Fairmont are the closest hotels to the main performance venues.

In addition to the planning and strategy sessions I had the incredible good fortune to meet with state presidents from across the country. They offered many terrific ways to provide value for our members, ideas I will begin researching tomorrow.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

 

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